Jan 1, 2013 8:00am PST
were you? >> i was in mississippi. i was fighting the good fight down there. but anyway, what happened was, we were all three nominated for this award. we understood we relieving under apartheid. and segregation and all of that. and that under such a system, which favored white people, she would get the award. we knew that. we decided before anybody, before anything was announced, we would not accept being right. we would not accept the racism implicit in in a war that would go to someone. she was a great poet, but it would go to her also because she was a white person. and to her immense credit, she had no desire to be honored as we would be dishonored. so we got together, audrey called in mississippi and we chatted about it and adrienne, so we decided we could only accept an award so suspicious -- so auspicious if we accepted it in the name of all women and indicate by that action that we understood that women were not honored in the arts and elsewhere. >> why write for children? >> i don't write for children. >> you don't? >> ii write. >> do you like them? what i like them as to and
Jan 17, 2013 9:00am PST
family in money, mississippi. he was a sleep one night at his aunt and uncle's house when a white mob came in drag him out of bed and they lynched him read he ended up in the bottom of the tallahassee river. they said he will for whistled at a white woman. his mother taught him to whistle when he stuttered. when his body was dredged up and sent back to chicago, his mother said she wanted the casket open for the wake and funeral. she wanted the world to see the ravages of racism, the brutality of bigotry. she had something in port to teach all of the media. showed the pictures. show the images. that is where dr. west of union theological seminary began. >> tonight i won't take too much time. [indiscernible] my dear sister ended dearmamie till. august 19. you will recall what she said. i will pursue justice for the rest of my life. [applause] that is the tradition [indiscernible] when a, chicago, i think of the love trend that curtis mayfield was thinking about. are you ready to get on the train? that is why i gave brother lupe a hug and love ali so much. there in terkel to who we a
Jan 17, 2013 8:00am PST
, parker is best known for spearheading the challenge to mississippi television station wlbt in the 1960's, which ultimately had its license revoked for attempting to squelch the voices of the civil- rights movement of the time. in a 2008 interview with "democracy now!" everett parker discussed his efforts to monitor racist television networks as founder of the office of communication of the united church of christ. >> i went down and i really looked at stations from new orleans to the east coast, and found it was a very bad situation. earlier teaching at yale, divinity school, i had developed a new way of monitoring television stations. >> reverend everett parker identified the kkk-backed wlbt as a frequent target of public complaints and fcc reprimands regarding its public service. he filed a petition to deny renewal with the fcc, initiating a process that eventually got the station's license revoked by a federal court. happy birthday today to everett parker who is 100 years old. those are some of the headlines. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report.
Jan 18, 2013 3:00pm PST
that an assault weapon. >> and the report says students in mississippi are being expelled and incarcerated for minor offenses due to harsh school policies that mainly affect youth of color. the report by groups including the aclu and naacp follows the filing of a justice department lawsuit alleging officials in meridian, mississippi have created a school to prison pipeline. sending students to juvenile detention for violations like flatulence or breaking the dress code. the report says a five-year old boy was escorted home in a police car for dress code violation. the school required black shoes, but his mother had tried to cover other colors on his shoes with black marker. researchers wrote -- the report comes as president obama is backing a plan to increase police officers in schools, a policy some fear could lead to even higher incarceration rates for students of color. to see our debate on armed guards in schools, go to democracynow.org. a former superintendent at a west virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 workers in 2010 has been sentenced to nearly two years
Jan 21, 2013 5:00am PST
, every state the was part of the confederacy, including almost 90% in both alabama and mississippi. similarly in this cycle, romney won the presidency of the confederate states of america, a caring nine of the 11 rebel states. he achieved his high share of the white vote in the state with the largest percentage of black voters, mississippi. indeed, romney's strong national showing among white voters was almost exclusively driven by a stark support from southern voters. george w. bush got 62 million votes in the 2004 election and conservatives said he had a mandate. barack obama got 62 million votes in the two -- 2012 election, and conservatives started a secessionist movement. but the obama campaign took it to them and made a difference in the end. they helped create a new electorate, a coalition of concerned and they turned it out on election day. our two political parties are separate and not equal. the percentage of republicans who are white has remained fairly steady since 2000 at about 87%. the percentage of democrats who are white in contrast has dropped from 64% in 2000 to 5
Jan 9, 2013 2:00pm PST
worth billions of dollars, and slowed shipping on the mind of mississippi river -- mighty mississippi river as water levels reached new lows. >> representative -- rice has been growing in this part of southeast texas for centuries. it is water intensive, and the field has to be irrigated using water from local rivers and lakes, but the drought of recent years has been threatening the farmer's livelihood. >> we have not had water for the lakes, and when they are at a certain level, they will not allow us to get water or the producers to the water because the lakes are so low. >> local authorities have tried to ease the situation by rationing water, but with so little rain, the largest cities in the region may soon be left high and dry as well. no official figures show farmers in north america can expect more hot, dry weather in years to come. 2012 was the hottest year since records began over a century ago. scientists say that is a clear indication that the region's climate is changing. it is not just farm owners, but also many farm workers who face an uncertain future as t
Jan 24, 2013 10:02am PST
, new adventures." "day 2: i drove all day through the midwest." "day 3: i crossed over the mississippi and into the plains." "this is the 4th day of my drive across the united states. "it's the desert. "the land is flat and barren, but beautiful, in a strange way." ( tex-mex music playing ) rebecca: ♪ she's not the kind to stay in one place for too long ♪ ♪ you don't have to tell me that. ♪ ♪ she's not the kind of... the music on the radio out here is sure different from boston. i'm really starting to like this tex-mex music. vocalist: ♪ don't tell me her eyes are bright ♪ ♪ and she loves to dance till the morning light. ♪ ♪ all i want to know both: ♪ where's my baby tonight? ♪ so where's my baby? ♪ can anybody say? ♪ one day she's here beside me ♪ the next day she's in l.a. ♪ so where's my baby? ♪ what's this all about? ♪ one day she's here, the next, she's moving out. ♪ the car has been pretty good so far, but it's a gas guzzler. i have to fill it up a lot. hi. what can i do for you? boy, it's a hot one. yeah, and i hear it's going to get hotter.